THE FULL TIGER RIDE

Penang to Phuket

The Tiger Ride’s Mad Dogs and Wild Cats categories both follow the same general itinerary. The main difference being the distance cycled, with the Mad Dogs category cycling the entire distance, and Wild Cats cycling approx 30km before and after lunch, scooting the rest in the comfort of a vehicle.
 

DAY 1 (27 November 2019) – ARRIVE IN PENANG

You’ll check into your comfortable hotel in central Georgetown and hopefully have time to explore this lovely city. No doubt you will want to sample 

the famous Penang street food. You can’t leave without trying the unique Laksa!  This is a very special place indeed, an appropriate start for an adventure on a majestic scale.

DAY 2 (28 November 2019)

Mad Dogs: 173km Wild Cats: approx 60km
Georgetown, Penang to Tasoh Lake (The Penang Dash)
 

Those in the Mad Dogs category will cycle a short way to the ferry from Penang Island to the mainland, while those in the Wild Cats category will start the day with a comfortable transfer to escape the urban environment. You’re off! An exceptional day of exploring rural Malaysia’s very best awaits you – you’ll see the country’s sleepy backroads and vibrant greens like you’ve never seen before – from the rice fields to the palm trees, the banana groves and the grassy verges. As you enter Malaysia’s smallest and northernmost state of Perlis you really will realise quite how far off the beaten track you have reached. You’ll spend the night on the banks of beautiful and remote Tasoh Lake which is only a few kilometres from the Thai border.

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 487 / – 461 m

 

DAY 3 (29 November 2019)

Mad Dogs: 172km Wild Cats: approx 60km
Tasoh Lake to Yan Ta Khao, Trang
 

The morning mist adds to the allure of some mysterious karst scenery as the riders head towards the hilltop border. The day will start with a big (but not massive) climb up to the frontier, with utterly stunning views. Wild Cats riders can always jump in the vehicle if it’s a bit too much. The pace is gentle!

Outsiders rarely cross this remote border and Thailand welcomes the riders with a large bustling market as well as another glorious downhill into the countryside. Satun Province is safe but sees very few visitors, offering a privileged view into hidden parts of Thailand.

Reaching the hilltop border with Thailand!

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 891 / – 922 m

 

DAY 4 (30 November 2019)

Mad Dogs: 165km Wild Cats: approx 60km
Yan Ta Khao, Trang to Ao Nang, Krabi
 

You will spend the day enjoying the high-quality Thai roads and the very pleasant countryside. Possibly, being tempted by sweet smelling street stalls. As we skirt the town of Krabi, the karst topography becomes more intense, giving the final push toward Ao Nang a real buzz. The day gloriously finishes on one of the most beautiful and exotic seaside backdrops on the planet.

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 832 / – 833

DAY 5 (1 December 2019)

Mad Dogs: 155km Wild Cats: approx 60km
Ao Nang to Phuket (The Phuket Dash)

 
 

After bidding farewell to Ao Nang by touring the bay, you will spend hours passing through the most beautiful, extraordinary karst scenery. The route darts into and out of villages as the local children wave. It then heads into the lush hinterland, then take in some lovely coastal routes before victoriously crossing the stunning Sarasin Bridge onto Phuket.

From here it’s a short distance to the finish on Mai Khao Beach for celebratory beers and a swim in the lovely sea. What an adventure, what an achievement and what a place to finish!

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 1236 / – 1231

 

DAY 6 (2 December 2019)

 

You’ll wake up near the stunning beach with a great deal of satisfaction at the adventure that you have just completed. Perhaps you’re lingering for a few days, but equally you may be heading to the nearby Phuket Airport for the air lift home. Surely you’ll first reward yourself with a dip in the turquoise sea!

 

INFO

When is the next edition?

28, 29, 30 November, 1 December 2019. You will arrive on 27th November (hotel included) and check out of your final included hotel in Phuket on 2 December.

 

What is the single supplement? (Note, you will only need to pay this if you do not want to be paired with (an)other rider(s) of the same gender.)

US$300

 

What type of bike should I bring?

For the Mad Dogs category, A road bike, fast tourer or hybrid would be most preferable. Triathlon bikes are not appropriate. For the Wild Cats ride, you could also use a mountain bike.

 

Where does the tour start?

At a very comfortable hotel in the heart of Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

Where does the tour finish?

The Mai Khao Beach area of Phuket – famous for its stunning beach which is directly accessible from the hotel. This is also very conveniently located nearby to the airport.

 

Which flights should I book to get home?

Penang, Phuket and Krabi airports are well served for flights. Check out Skyscanner for the best deals.

 

Do I need a Visa for Malaysia and Thailand?

Many natonalites are admitted at the borders of these countries without the need for obtaining a visa. Please find out whether you require a visa before travel; if you are in doubt please contact us.

 

 

Testimonial:

“I’m already looking forward to the next chance…” David Doran, management consultant, British